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2021 Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Awards Open Age Poetry

2021 Picture Ipswich Awards – Open Age

2021 Broderick Family Awards – 14-17 Years

2021 Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 11-13 years

2021 River 94.9 Award – 8-10 Years

Kombumerri Dreaming by Allegra Clarke (1st Place )

Chernobyl by Clem Chapman (2nd )

Lava by Mavis Colbert (3rd)

Catching My Breath by Marshall Millward (Highly Commended)

The gun fires
I’m not expecting it to happen,
I stumble, I fall,
I catch my breath

I try to keep with the pack
I run and run and run
I’m with the pack
I’m catching my breath

The other people burst with speed
I try to keep up with them
My lungs burn with fire
I’m losing my breath

The crowd roars they scream at me
Yelling to make me run faster and faster
I stop for a breather
I’m catching my breath

I start to run
The others slow down
I sprint fast to get ahead
I’m wasting my breath

I’m half way now
I’m in fourth place
I start to breathe quickly                                                                                            
I’m losing my breath

I get a stitch
With every step it gets worse and worse
I do big breaths in and big breaths out
I’m catching my breath

My muscles ache
I feel like I am running
through quicksand
I’ve left my breath

I see the finish line
My adrenaline takes over
I finish
I can’t feel my breath

I fall over the line
It’s done
I grab my chest
I find my breath

In my mind I won
But this silver makes me proud
It was the race I feared
But my breath took me over the line

My Refuge by Samuel Hicks (Highly Commended)

My Teacher, the Adventure Story by Sophie Jo (Highly Commended)

Worst Camping Trip Ever by Clem Chapman (Highly Commended)

The Seizure by Zarah Soosaipillai (Highly Commended)

A Cell of Sickness by Francesca Dagge (Highly Commended)

The Fire Feast by Marcus Lau (Highly Commended)

A Summer Sunset by Aleefa Gould (Highly Commended)

Pollution by Babina Bhujel (Highly Commended)

The Eagle by Aleefa Gould (Highly Commended)